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NMSU?s ACES In The Hole Foods expands, looks for new opportunities

New Mexico State University?s ACES In The Hole Foods is expanding and exploring new opportunities to deliver its popular gelato throughout Las Cruces.


Image of student serving chocolate gelato at Sam Steel Cafe.
NMSU student Marissa Najera serves up some chocolate gelato at the Sam Steel Cafe, formerly known as Crimson Creations. Gelato production by ACES In The Hole Foods is moving to the Tejada Building, which will provide a larger space and increase the amount of gelato that students produce weekly. (NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chávez)
Image of two large gelato-making machines in the newly renovated Tejada Building on the NMSU campus.
Two gelato makers stand in the newly renovated Tejada Building. ACES In The Hole Foods is moving its food production to the building in order to increase yields. Food processing is expected to begin there this month. (NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chavez)

ACES in the Hole Foods is a student-run food company at NMSU and a part of the curriculum in Food Science and Technology in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, also known as the College of ACES. It provides students with opportunities to apply principles of food science and technology to the invention of new food products, such as gelato, coffees and brownie and cornbread mixes. Those products are sold in the Sam Steel Cafe, formerly known as Crimson Creations, inside Gerald Thomas Hall on campus.

Recently, ACES in the Hole Foods received funding from the college to expand its food processing production in the Tejada Building near Gerald Thomas Hall. Whitney Biel, manager of both Sam Steel Cafe and ACES in the Hole Foods, said the company obtained an occupancy permit for the Tejada Building and food production is expected to begin this month.

?We?ll be able to make up to 23 gallons of gelato in 10 minutes, so that means we can expand into restaurants and grocery stores,? Biel said. She added students will also be able to increase the variety of gelato flavors.

Currently, gelato is made inside a classroom at Gerald Thomas Hall, and students have been producing 21 gallons every two weeks for Sam Steel Cafe and the Landmark Mercantile in Mesquite, N.M.

The new food processing area also boasts a new candy coating machine, a cookie dough molder and a new Carpigiani-brand gelato machine.

Biel said equipment for the new space is still being delivered, and everything should be in place by the end of the year.

?I am excited to see how the growth of our food production facility will expand the capabilities of our students,? said Esther Devall, head of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department in the College of ACES. ?The new facility should provide students with more opportunities to create new food products, and give them real-world experience that will benefit them when applying for a job in the food industry.?

Students have also begun bagging coffee under the company?s label. The coffee is a blend of coffee beans created by students with the help of Picacho Coffee Roasters. Bags of coffee are now for sale at Sam Steel Cafe.